Permission Marketing with Tip Sheets
Use tip sheets to encourage clients and prospects to sign up for your e-mail Newsletter. Permission Marketing, a marketing concept popularized by Seth Godin, is based on obtaining your client’s, prospect’s, and web site visitor’s permission to communicate with them via e-mail.
Often, hardest part of a Permission Marketing program is developing an incentive to persuade clients, prospects, and web site visitors to send you their e-mail address and permission for you to send them your e-mail newsletter. That’s where tip sheets come in! Tip sheets are short, formatted, documents that contain non-selling information your market will find useful. Clients and prospects appreciate tip sheets because they contain helpful information that helps them save time and avoid mistakes.
Tip sheets are easy to prepare and can be distributed for free as electronic files. You don’t need many words, and you don’t need fancy graphics to communicate a credible, competent, professional image. Clients and prospects like tip sheets because they contain helpful information presented in a short, concise, easy-to-read format which saves them time.
Steps to success
1.Create your tip sheet. Choose a topic that either helps your market achieve a goal— save time or money, increase sales, win a race, etc.— or avoid making a mistake, like a bad buying decision. Ideas include: frequently made mistakes, questions to ask when buying, trends, symptoms, installation tips, usability techniques, shortcuts, and workarounds.
Support each point with one or two short, concisely edited, paragraphs. Write as you speak, in a conversational tone. Format your tip sheet using subheads set in a typeface that forms a strong contrast with adjacent body copy. Add extra space between lines, and above subheads, to enhance professional image your tip sheet projects.